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Old July 10th, 2005, 03:57 PM
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Hello,

My wife and I are going to surprise our kids (ages 16 and 12) with a Caribbean cruise followed by a few days at Disney World. This is going to be a Christmas surprise for a February vacation.

Does anyone have any ideas on fun ways to surprise them? We've only come up with some lame ideas ourselves.

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Old July 10th, 2005, 04:11 PM
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When you are packing, tell them they need all those extra items because you're sending them to a Military Academy and won't be seeing them for several months.
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Old July 10th, 2005, 05:17 PM
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Hi Winnipeg, We gave our 5 grandchildren a suprise cruise as a Christmas present in 2003. I went to the copy center and had a picture of the ship blown up to about 11 x 16. Then I glued it to a piece of tag board and painted it with decopage. Then I cut it into pieces like a puzzle. They live in another state and I wrapped it in a small box and sent it to them. Needless to say it drove them crazy trying to figure out what was in such a small box for all of them to share. Then on Christmas morning they still had to put the puzzle together to figure out what the gift was. My DH and I were on the phone listening as they tried to put the puzzle together. Some of the guess that they had as they were working on the puzzle were priceless. When they finally recognized it as a cruiseship I thought my ears would bust. I got as much pleasure from the anticiaption of the gift as we did the cruise itself.

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Old July 10th, 2005, 06:22 PM
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That's a really cute idea, Setme2sail. Let's see, my mom bought a replica cruise ship from Toys 'R Us and put the cruise confirmation letter from the TA inside of the bridge of the ship. When I opened it up I was not very excited. I thought "What the heck is this?". (She had told me repeatedly that this was my "big gift") Eventually, she pointed out the letter inside and I was more than stoked.
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Old July 10th, 2005, 06:33 PM
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My parents gave a cruise to my brothers and I one Christmas. I actually already knew, but it was a big surprise to my brothers. What they did is they gave us a lot of things that you would need on a cruise, or are otherwise cruise-related. We got summer clothes, beach towels, sunscreen, seasickness medicine, that kind of thing. Then, our last present was a promotional videotape from the cruiseline. Even then, my brothers couldn't figure it out. They were like, "Cool, Mom!" trying to act all impressed by the video. So my parents said, "Let's watch the movie," and when it started is when it dawned on them.

I don't know if that's up your alley, but that's what my parents did, and I thought it was cute.
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You could arrange a Treasure Hunt. Under the tree place something for the cruise ie a piece of luggage or sunscreen. Tape a small envelope on it with a clue to the location of the next item or clue. Do this for about six times, then have a video found. Have them play the video. Then play Hangman with the name of the ship that you are going on. Show them the tickets and enjoy the smiles.
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These are some great ideas! Thanks for all your help. I'm blown away. Any other ideas would be fantastic. I was thinking maybe a boxset of season one of "Love Boat"...a show they've never even heard of.

My DW and I will have some big decisions to make. Outside of a road trip though the Rockies and a number of camping trips and rented cabins...and a weekend at Grand Forks, North Dakota once or twice...we've never done anything like this.

We will be going on the Mariner of the Seas. It looks like there's enough in the way of activities to even keep our daughter, who never sits still, happy.

The more thoughts you all have on ways to surprise the better.

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Old July 10th, 2005, 10:47 PM
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Be sure to include something from the Disney store. We boxed up a huge Mickey Mouse when I surprised the kids with an after Christmas Disneyland trip. Although my kids (teens) were too old for such a present, they were excited to find out that Mickey was holding an "announcement" that we were off to Disneyland the next morning!
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We gave one to our parents a couple years ago. We packed it in a box with tissue paper in between each layer. We but beach towels on one layer, a roll of quarters on another layer (for the casino), sunscreen on a layer, tie for formal nights kids sunglasses for fun on another layer and a few more layers (with anything you can think of they might need)still then at the bottom made a notebook up with the cruise info on top. They never figured it out until they got to the confirmation. We had a blast doing it.
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I did similar with the boxed gifts for my parents this past Christmas. Since it was Christmas I also bought a Christmas ornament at a mall kiosk where they personalized them. The ornament was shaped like a ship and I had them put Alaska 2005 and the name of our ship (Zaandam) on it. It was wrapped and included with all sorts of other little goodies they would need on our cruise. It makes for a nice keepsake. I'm sure your kids will be thrilled with the trip!
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Thanks again! Does anyone else have any ideas? We want to make this a fantastic surprise for the kids.

Thank you!!
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could you maybe get a friend to video a "newsflash" item that ***** family have been seen onboard cruiseline **** something along those lines.
can you get footage of the ship leaving port or are you too far away?
put it in the VCR and while the kids are watching their shows ,quietly turn on the video and watch their faces.
i think you shoule have the camera ready then too!!!
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Hi again, Winnipeg or should I say Winterpeg. I'm from Brandon.
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Hello CaptData.

How are the mosquitos there? They're the size of poodles here. We'll be driving through your town tomorrow on our way to a campground in Saskatchewan. Not exactly the same as a cruise...but still better than working.

When is your next cruise?

By the way, as you know, not exactly Winterpeg here now. I don't know what we'd do without the central air.

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Hi, How about a DVD or VHS of Pirates of the Caribbean? Maybe Disney PJ's (the catalog has really neat ones for teens). Camping World catalog and stores have a Caribbean Cruise Domino game...stocking stuffers with cruise items. Subtle but they all add up to disney and cruise.....Maybe formal wear? I will keep thinking. Connie
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Hi, next cruise 182 days rt Hawaii. Misquitoes are bad, river is high and it rained so much that the rose bush drowned. Enjoy your camping trip in SK.
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Hi, When we surprised our kids with a cruise for Xmas, I went to the travel agency got 4 Princess brochures wrapped them up. then placed them under the Tree (one for each of us). I also put cruise related things in our stockings. I will never forget the look on their faces when they opened the books! Robin
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We gave our kids (16, 12 6) a Disney cruise for Christmas. I bought tanks, shorts at end of the season sale and wrapped them. Then I filled a box with all sorts of travel sized items wrapped individually. The last thing they opened was the video that Disney sent. It was a great surprise and a great cruise!
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These are great suggestions. I am making notes for when I get our family cruise.


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Thanks again for these great suggestions. Are there any more?
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